This interdiciplinary studio consists of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
students from the College of Design at Iowa State University, and students
from Prof. Miriam Zach's IDH 3931 Music and Health Honors course at
the University of Florida.
are three projects. The first two are short one-week introductory
projects; the third one lasts for the remainder of the semester. For
Project 1 students are asked to design a Garden for the
Blind on the site south
of Hume Hall on the University of Florida campus. For Project 2 students
will design a Music Room for a Hearing Impaired Person in
a condominium on Crescent Beach, south of St. Augustine. The third
project is the design of a Music and Architecture Research
Institute (M.A.R.I.) to
be located on three barges that will travel between Davenport, Iowa,
and Cedar Key, Florida. For more detailed information please click
on the buttons in the left column or read the synopses of the projects
Students from Iowa State and the University of Florida collaborate on
the Garden for the Blind design and the Music and Architecture Research
Institute. Iowa State students will travel to Florida between February
16 and 20 to visit the University of Florida, St. Augustine, and Cedar
Key. There will also be two official meetings to discuss the Garden
for the Blind design, and to exchange ideas regarding the intersection
of music and architecture.
1: Garden for the Blind Inspired
by a Parisian restaurant for the blind (see http://www.danslenoir.fr/),
and several designs for gardens for the blind in the United States
and Germany (San
and Bonn), we proposed the following programme,
to be sited south of Hume Hall on the University of Florida campus.
Project 2: Music Room for Hearing Impaired
Person In this case the inspiration came from the German movie
Beyond Silence. It's a story about a hearing women (who wants to
study music) growing up with deaf parents, and the resulting tensions,
misunderstandings, and unmet expectations that structure that relationship.
For the project students were asked to consider the sensory realm
of air pressure variations (sound). See the programme here.
Fieldtrip to Florida Between February
16 and 20 students from ARCH 404/603 took a fieldtrip to Gainesville,
Florida to visit with University of Florida students regarding the
Garden for the Blind designs, and to explore research topics that
might be studied in the Music and Architecture Research Institute
(next panel, or check Project 3 for the programme). We also visited
our studio site in Cedar Key (see photos here), took a boat trip
to Seahorse Key (the UF Marine Biology Research Lab), and spend one
day in St. Augustine (touring St. George Street, and climbing 14
storeys of stairs to the old St. Augustine lighthouse).
Music and Architecture Research Institute
(M.A.R.I.) M.A.R.I. developed out of the realization that there
has been relatively little research into the intersection of music
and architecture. We decided to use Paul Valery's literary work,
and recent studies on music and architecture to frame an architectural
programme that would accommodate researchers, musicians, and designers
in a flexible, interconnected, and movable space. See the programme here.